Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Manuscript Found -Where did Butch die?

In the recent news a rare book and manuscript collector, Brent Ashworth, of Utah states he has obtained a manuscript-containing evidence that Butch Cassidy did not die in Bolivia, but in the state of Washington, living peacefully for almost another thirty years.The name of the manuscript is the same as a novella written in 1934. It's about 200 pages long which is twice as long as the original.

The photo below is a copy of the Wild Bunch taken shortly after they robbed the Einnemucca, Nevada Bank in 1900. A thank you note along with the picture was sent to the bank.

Wild Bunch Gang

Bill Carver, top left, the Sundance Kid, bottom left, and Butch Cassidy, bottom right. The other two members of the gang are not identified.
Bill Carver, top left, the Sundance Kid, bottom left, and Butch Cassidy, bottom right. The other two members of the gang are not identified.

Did Butch Cassidy Live in Washington?

An unpublished novella manuscript written about Butch Cassidy is named “Bandit Invincible: The Story of Butch Cassidy” dated 1934. The author, William T. Phillips, wrote this story in 1934, and claims to have known Cassidy as a boy. William T. Parker died in 1937. His novella is half as long as the newly discovered manuscript by the same name.

Of course, there are numerous opinions on the validity of this new manuscript. Some historians state there isn’t a great deal of similarity to Cassidy’s life. Others, including the owner of the new manuscript, state there are facts included in this new manuscript that are not well known and they believe this manuscript is indeed accurate.

Robert Redford and Paul Newman

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Most historians agree that Butch Cassidy was born as Robert LeRoy Parker in Beaver, Utah, 1866, as the oldest of 13 children in a Mormon family. In his youth he was known as a nice young man. His first bank robbery was in 1889, in Telluride, Colorado, after which he hid out with some cattle rustlers. He did serve 3 yeas in the Wyoming Territorial Prison after being caught with 3 stolen horses. Butch and Cassidy rode together for several years.

Butch Cassidy and Sundance also rode with a gang of four other men known as the Wild Bunch. They held up banks and trains all across the West and in South America for twenty years. One of the other gang members was Harvey Logan, known as “Kid Curry” who was on the most wanted list. He was captured two days later after wounding two Knoxville police officers. A posse of farmers caught him. He was convicted, but broke out of jail when his appeal was denied. Approximately a year later, he was wounded while robbing a train in Colorado and shot himself to death.

1934 Novella Author

Old newspaper source
Old newspaper source

Manuscript Written in 1934

An unpublished novella manuscript written about Butch Cassidy is named “Bandit Invincible: The Story of Butch Cassidy." The author, William T. Phillips, wrote this story in 1934, and claims to have known Cassidy as a boy. William T. Parker died in 1937. His novella is half as long as the newly discovered manuscript by the same name.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (trailer)

Paul Newman

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Stars Paul Newman and Robert Redford

Paul Newman and Robert Redford are the stars of the great western Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid made in 1969. This is a great western that most people have enjoyed, as it is action packed and filled with light comedy, which glamorized the outlaws fleeing from the law.

This film is based loosely on fact and was written by William Goldman, who won an Academy Award for his writing. In the movie the outlaws flee to Bolivia where they both get killed. The film was selected in 2003,” for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” This song, “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” played in this film also won an Oscar. The box office income of $100 million take was phenomenal in 1969.

The Bicycle Scene from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Summary

Americans seem to love Westerns, especially movies like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. If the newly discovered manuscript is real, it changes history, but other than that it doesn’t matter, as the man has met his demise. I presume people will be trying to find evidence in Washington of his last years. We may end up with a sequel to the original Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Movie as Hollywood seems to big on redoing old movies at this time.

© 2011 Pamela Oglesby

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TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.

Hey good job! I saw this on my aol thing this morning. I had a business in Casper, and I explored Wyoming for several years. It's a facinating state with facinating people. I've actually been to the Hole In The Wall. Well I should say, the area. I never found the actual place described in his sister's book. I don't know if you've read it. It's called "My Brother, Butch Cassidy." It's very well documented throughout, and I came away believing that he lived into the early 40's actually.

You put this together very well Pamela. I love this stuff. Up, useful, awesome and intresting.

jim


SilverGenes 5 years ago

This is fascinating, Pamela. After seeing the story played out in the movie, I kind of hope he did live quietly to a ripe old age. What a time it must have been back then! There has always been a glamour surrounding certain outlaws especially in the old west. Thanks to that powerful duo, Robert Redford and Paul Newman, these two are my favourite outlaws. Your article did them justice :)


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sheila b. 5 years ago

"...but other than that it doesn't matter, as the man has met his demise". Loved how you wrote that!


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Katya Drake 5 years ago from Wisconsin

This article was very interesting. A lot of history that I was not aware of.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Man with No Pants, I haven't read the book but should. Hole is the wall was the first hideout area until the sheriffs caught on and then the found another in the same general area I think. Thanks so much for your comment.

Silver Genes, This is one of my favorite old movies so I couldn't resist writing about it. I kind of hope he lived in a ripe old age also. I appreciate your comments.

Sheila, Thanks so much for your comments.

Katya Drake, I'm glad you liked the article and I appreciate your comments.


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Mentalist acer 5 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

Very interesting Pamela.;)


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Mentalist acer, Thanks for the comment.


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SubRon7 5 years ago from eastern North Dakota

Pamela, I started to comment last night and then lost my computer. Server trouble again. That was a great movie, and I choose to believe that those two went out guns blazing, just as the movie said.

Anyway, great hub!


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

SunRob, There is certainly a good chance that you are right. This could be a publicity stunt. Thanks for your comments.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

Me, too, Pamela, I loved this movie and Paul and Robert and the song, 'Raindrops ..." - and everything about it. Thanks for bringing it back to life with this winning hub. Voted up, m'dear.


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

Great article! Flag up and awesome!


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

drbj, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and thanks for your comments.

dallas, I appreciate your comments.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Pamela, Very interesting and this is one of my favorite movies that I never tire of watching.


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breakfastpop 5 years ago

Fascinating. I have to say the thought of him living out his life pleases me. Is it because I will forever see Paul Newman looking back at me? Up and awesome and interesting too!


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Susan, I am the same way. Thanks for your comment.

BPOP, Paul Newman is certainly an unforgettable actor and person which may be why the idea pleases me also. I appreciate your comments.


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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

Great movie - doesn't get much better than Paul Newman and Robert Redford! A hub friend just reminded me of a scene where Sundance says - I can't swim and Butch responds - the jump will probably kill ya! Intriguing that Butch might have lived another 30 years in Washington.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Sally, I agree it is hard to beat those two men in a movie and that is a good one. Thanks so much for your comments.


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

I can't belief that after Hollywood brought out all these fantastic movies they can't produce any good ones anymore.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Hello, I don't know what there problem is but good movies are scarce. Thanks for your comments.


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

Very informative hub. I had never knew about Butch Cassidy before. Thanks for share with us. Well done, Pam. I really enjoy the picture and the video also. Vote us and useful. Cheers...

Prasetio


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

prasetio, You would probably enjoy the movie. I appreciate your comments.


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moneycop 5 years ago from JABALPUR

i didn't knew him...being an India..thanks for sharing.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

moneycop, Thanks for reading the hub.


Hubert Williams 4 years ago

Seems that I am Seven months behind in reading this article, but then, again, I wasn't a member then. It was still a good hub, I enjoy reading about Butch and Sundance. I have seen that movie several times. Thank you.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

It is a good movie. I have been a member for a long time and still miss many hubs I would enjoy as sometimes there just aren't enough hours in the day. Thank you for your comments.

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